University of Massachusetts Amherst

Search Google Appliance

geology

X-Ray Fluorescence Laboratory

Facility provides high quality major and trace element XRF analyses of a wide range of geological materials. It is a regional analytical facility serving the research needs of faculty and students at UMass, other members of the local Five College community, and a wide spectrum of geologists and their students throughout the country. X-Ray Fluorescence analytical methods have been used extensively for the analyses of lunar rocks, meteorites, and a wide range of terrestrial materials.

Department(s): 

Geosciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Michael Rhodes

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Stable Isotope Laboratory

Housed in a completely renovated two-room facility, Stable Isotope Laboratory systems allow automated analysis of O and C isotope ratios of carbonates, O and H isotopes of water, C isotope if DIC, and H, C, O, N and S isotopes of combustible or pyrolizable material.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Resources: 

Gas Bench II

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Quarternary Laboratory

Multi-user facility for the whole Quaternary group equipped for basic sedimentological analysis, such as bulk density, loss-on-ignition (LOI), magnetic susceptibility, grain size analysis, smear slides, thin-section, and microfossil (diatoms and ostracodes) and macrofossil analysis. We are also able to perform chemical pre-treatments for diatom, pollen, ostracode, isotope and radiocarbon dating analyses.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Resources: 

Isotope and Radiocarbon Dating instrumentation, Sedimentological Analysis instrumentation

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Paleomagnetism Laboratory

Equipment designed to measure, create, and/or destroy magnetic fields in natural samples.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Laurie Brown

Location: 

Morrill Science Center

Resources: 

Molspin spinner magnetometer, Molspin Alternating Field Demagnetizer, Sapphire Susceptibility/AMS meter, Nikon Reflected Light Microscope

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

National Geotechnical Experimentation Site

NGES at the University of Massachusetts is an active geotechnical research site with a number of individual studies currently underway to investigate the performance of deep and shallow foundations in clay and the performance of other geotechnical structures.

Department(s): 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Alan Lutenegger

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Geomechanics Laboratory

The Geomechanics Laboratory contains tools for 3D visualization, geomechanical computations as well as geologic mapping.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Michele Cooke

Resources: 

total station with digital data output, portable sub-meter precision receiver for the Global Positioning System (GPS), other standard surveying and mapping equipment, SUN Ultra 60 workstation with elite3m graphics card used primarily for modeling and 3D data visualization

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Electron Microprobe Facility

The Electron Microprobe/SEM Facility specializes in imaging and microanalysis for applications in the geosciences, chemistry, physics, engineering, materials research, or any other discipline requiring knowledge of the in-situ, microscale chemistry, structure, and/or morphology of solids.

Department(s): 

Geosciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Mike Jercinovic

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Amino Acid Geochronology Lab

The Amino Acid Geochronology Laboratory is set up to routinely analyze carbonate fossils using automated high pressure liquid chromatography. This analytical technique is fine tuned to optimize the resolution of L-isoleucine and and its diastereomer D-alloisoleucine. The ratio of all/Ile has been shown to be a reliable index of age and has been widely used for stratigraphic studies. Most of our experience at Umass is with the analysis of foraminifera and of marine and terrestrial mollusks.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette, Dr. Willam D. McCoy

Availability: 

Private

Research: